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Bethlehem holds mass for Egyptian Christians
Published Friday 14/10/2011 (updated) 15/10/2011 19:07
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Egyptian Coptic Christians chant slogans during the funeral for victims of
sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack
on a church, in Cairo, on Oct. 10, 2011 (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
BETHLEHEM (Reuters) -- Dozens of Palestinian Christians attended a mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday in honor of the 25 people killed in Egypt in clashes between Christian protesters and military police.

In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, armored vehicles sped into a crowd on Sunday during a protest over an attack on a Coptic church. Online videos showed mangled bodies, and activists said some people were crushed by wheels.

Coptic priest Father Antonio Alurashalimi said dozens of Palestinian Christians came to the ceremony because they strongly sympathized with the families of Christians in Egypt who have lost their lives.

"The young people have come today to express their feelings and emotions regarding the Copts who have lost their lives, the martyrs," he said from the Nativity Church in Bethlehem.

"They are here to comfort their families following this painful event, I would say it was a disgraceful event that should have never happened," he said.

Amnesty International said some of the dead had bullet wounds. A doctor at a Christian hospital had told reporters on Monday that 14 of the 17 dead brought in to his hospital had been hit by bullets.

The army was praised when it took control after Mubarak was ousted for its restraint in handling protests. But anger at the military has mounted as the transition to civilian rule has dragged on and for what activists say are increasingly tough tactics.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
14/10/2011 22:18
be careful, don't the the peaceful religious gini out of the bottle

2 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
14/10/2011 23:33
Palestinian Chrisitians should check out how many of the shopa in Bethlehem that were Christian owned are still owned by Christians
They would rather suprised how the ownerships have gone in Muslim hands
Easy enough to see, simply Google "Christian problems in Beth Lehem"

3 ) Christian / Bethlehem
15/10/2011 17:34
Ben Jabo, do you think Christians here are stupid? Of course we see what is going on, but there is only so much to do. You think losing a shop is the worst that can happen? And you don't much help, Palestinian Christians are just the same Palestinians to you, right?

4 ) x / xx
15/10/2011 18:40
#2 and you forgot the case of israeli occupation and christians... there are lots of info on the subject- writing only scraps about reality is just writing false info-A. Horowitz wrote an article: Isr occupation forcing Palestinian Christians out of the WB-there is lots more why when there is a positive info about Pals you have that urge to write half truths?Sb who would do the same about jews you'd call anti-semite, because for that person nothing good can be written about jews and left alone!

5 ) sinbad / palestine
16/10/2011 19:18
Christians cant complain about there situation in bethlehem cause its very difficult for them to do so

6 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
16/10/2011 22:32
3 ) Christian / Bethlehem

I am fully awar, and you should be too, otherwise I wouldn't have brought up the subject in the first place

4) Whatever your name is ?
Horowitz wrote, big deal, so did manyothers
Do so on-line research for yourself
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